Monday, 21 October 2013

Book Review: Pawn (Blackcoat Rebellion # 1) by Aimee Carter

Title: Pawn (Blackcoat Rebellion # 1)
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: 26 November 2013
Pages: 346
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Dystopia/YA
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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You can be a VII. If you give up everything.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

On the whole, I found Pawn to be a very enjoyable read. I liked the concept which is reminiscent of Hunger Games meets Divergent but still has some originality as well. Kitty's character is interesting and well-depicted, as are the various members of the Hart family. The only slight let down in this regard for me was Benji, who seems a bit useless and pointless - but perhaps he'll come into his own in future books.

Carter's prose is easy reading, making this a great book to skim through of an evening, and I could see this working well on the screen if the series takes off and given the interest in filming YA at the moment.

Readers will enjoy this if they previously liked books such as Hunger Games and Divergent and are looking for something new along the same lines.

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